Simple versus Complex. I challenged myself by choosing a rather complex subject to draw, but liked the comparison of two different kinds of seed carriers, a pine cone containing multiple seeds and a hickory nut containing only one seed. I wondered why the pine tree produces so many seeds and the hickory relatively few in comparison. I included the leaves because the hickory has a more complex leaf as compared to the pine.
I was not comfortable just jumping in but felt as if I was loosening up as I worked on the sketch. This has a lot of erasures and is overworked, but not unhappy with my first, rusty, attempt at getting back to drawing. Was trying to capture gesture of the bird and the negative space around it and the leaves and branches. In the field one would never have the time to go back and redo areas that aren't right. Would like to be able to capture the image more quickly with less "thought." I also noticed the feet and the way they wrap around the branch as I was observing closely to draw them. Might not have seen that in a photo.